William J. Shafer


Born: Abt 1842 in Ohio, USA

Died: ? in (unknown)

Father: William J. Shafer (1810 – 1904)

Mother: Isabell Vorhies (1815 – 1884)

Family #1

Spouse/Partner: Jane Hance (? – ?)

Married: 1867 in ?

Child: Clarence M. Shafer ( – )

Child: Demetrius Shafer ( – )

Child: Agnes I. Shafer ( – )

Child: Nellie Shafer ( – )

Child: Low Shafer ( – )


William joined Company H, Sixty-fifth Ohio Volunteer Infantry in 1864, and was wounded in Chatanooga, 24 Nov 1864. He remained on the battlefield four nights, taken prisoner, then recaptured by Federal troops. His injury required amputation of his leg (performed in Nashville, Tennessee) and he was discharged in Jun 1865. Some time later he required a second amputation (further up the leg?). The second operation was performed by Dr. Holstein of Zanesville, who afterward bacme Grant's family physician. [History of Noble County, Ohio]

William made a living in the mercantile business, selling books for a short period after his military discharge. [History of Noble County, Ohio]

Change Date

This data was last changed on 14 Dec 2007, and is stored in datafile B.

Primary and Secondary Sources

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1860 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule)
National Archives and Records Administration. [applies to name, birth]
History of Noble County, Ohio
Chicago: L.H. Watkins & Co., 1887. Full title: "History of Noble County, Ohio : with portraits and biographical sketches of some of its pioneers and prominent men." [applies to name, birth, marriage, notes]